Innergex withdraws hydro project from British Columbia review

Innergex Renewable Energy has withdrawn from a British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office approval process its 10.5-MW hydro project, but does plan to keep pursuing the project.

The office on May 28 sent a letter to the company acknowledging the company’s May 27 request that the proposed Statlu Creek Waterpower Project be withdrawn from the provincial environmental assessment (EA) process. “Should Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. decide to renew the development of the proposed Project, a new Project Description would need to be prepared for EAO to determine the need for an EA under the Environmental Assessment Act,” the provincial agency noted.

In its May 27 letter, Innergex indicated that it is looking at developing this project under a license it holds under the BC Land Act.

Innergex subsidiary Cloudworks Energy originally applied in 2008 for this project along with three other hydro projects in the same region. Statlu Creek was later split off for separate review. The four run-of-river facilities are Statlu Creek, Tretheway Creek, Shovel Creek and Big Silver Creek, which in total would generate up to 100 MW of renewable electricity.

The powerhouse at Statlu Creek would contain two Francis turbines and associated generating equipment with a total capacity of 10.5 MW.

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